An essay donated by K. Turner
Accepting religious diversity.
It appears to me that many people, regardless of their specific religious
beliefs, have chosen to overlook many things in their quest to prove that their
specific religion, or denomination within a religion, is the "correct" one.
For instance, what is the probability that leaders of long ago ordered the
people who copied the Bible, or other sacred religious books, to include their
own beliefs (the leaders)? I know that this point may not be to the liking of
some people. And that is okay...EVERYONE is entitled to their own beliefs. Most
people are creatures of habit and tradition. They believe because they were
taught to believe, and in turn teach their children to believe.
I was raised in a Southern Baptist church, and continue to attend services at
the same church. I have faith in what I believe because I've been shown time and
again truths. This is a very personal thing, though. I do not expect my class
mates, friends, and family to believe exactly the same thing, right down to the
last minute detail. How could I expect this? Every person on this earth has
experienced differences in family dynamics, cultural differences, life
experiences, spiritual experiences. These things affect what a person believes,
in spiritual, religious, and other ways.
It is not my job to tell anyone else that they are wrong or to pass judgment on
others in any way. It is my job to love my brothers and sisters...because no
matter what religion you may practice, you have to believe that we all were
created. We all were valued and were born to fulfill our purpose. Now, I may
share with others my beliefs and invite them to seriously consider the goodness
and grace that I have found. But, I do not condemn them if they choose
Sometimes, I think we have to look at the bigger picture with regard to all of
this. For instance, I am a Christian. If I have judgmental thoughts about
someone else because they are different from me, then what must God think of me?
If I shun someone because their actions, decisions, and choices are different
from mine, how is that love? I can disagree with someone or debate with someone
about individual beliefs, but that doesn't mean I have to belittle, insult, or
There's bound to be someone who reads this essay who thinks that I am not
committed to my God. And you have the right to think whatever you'd like...but
you don't know my heart, and you're not the one I answer to, anyway. I SAID THAT
TO MAKE A POINT...WE ALL INDIVIDUALLY HAVE THE RIGHT TO BELIEVE HOWEVER WE
I think if we all were more mindful of our own actions and body language, we
could show the truths of our individual beliefs better. If we reached out a
helping hand to others despite differences...if we truly cared about something
more than our own selfish desires...maybe then we could accept each other.
Originally posted: 2007-NOV-
Latest update: 2007-NOV-